I am so close, I may look distant.
So completely mixed with you, I may look separate.
So out in the open, I appear hidden.
So silent, because I am constantly talking with you.
In words of Mark Pilgrim…
1. Stop buying stuff you don’t need
2. Pay off all your credit cards
3. Get rid of all the stuff that doesn’t fit in your house/apartment (storage lockers, etc.)
4. Get rid of all the stuff that doesn’t fit on the first floor of your house (attic, garage, etc.)
5. Get rid of all the stuff that doesn’t fit in one room of your house
6. Get rid of all the stuff that doesn’t fit in a suitcase
7. Get rid of all the stuff that doesn’t fit in a backpack
8. Get rid of the backpack
I don’t know if I’m capable to do number 1 on the list yet. Though I understand what the steps mean. They all take you to detachment. That’s the word. Said by our sages and saints over and over again.
Got this forward from my dear friend Pranav , and i so agree to it all
1. You have an uncle who tells you his contact number is chaar so be
ogan syt ekaavan – 4025951
2. Every autowala, taxiwala, grocerywala is our kaka.
3. We never go to office, we go to HOFFIS!
4. The first rule of money – never use your own!
5. “Su navi juni” is our version of wassup?
6. Be it seven in the morning or 1 am, gaathiyas are always welcome.
7. We are all a fan of Dakshaben aka Ketaki Dave’s “Ararararara….”
8. We keep an “ELARAM” to wake up in the morning.
9. No party is over without a round of GARBA.
10. We all love golas, but ice creams have a special place in our
hearts (and in our fridges as well).
11. We call all types of noodles “Meggi”!!!
12. When someone asks about a person, we say GENTLEMAN MANAS 6! ( Chay )
13. “Shaanti rakhi ne loi peeyo!” is our best possible slang.
14. We don’t know any place in the world called Delhi, apne to bas
DILLI aj javanu!
15. We have a PhD in bargaining by birth..
16. We can speak any language of the world in Gujarati!
17. We don’t have feelings, we have FILLINGS!!!
18. Jai Shri Krishan = Hello and Aavjo = Good bye
19. Generally our conversations begin with kem 6, maja ma ne, and end
with, koi saaru investment batavo ne…
20. We shout our guts out on international calls, thinking they can
hear us better that way.
21. A gujju would have business on his mind from the time he turns 18
- bahu badha paisa kamavana 6..( chay ).
22. Swimming is not for us – we call it chhabchhabiya.
23. For us electricity never goes – only light does!!!!
24. We don’t call people, we COAL them.
25. Next time someone irritates you, you say TEL PEEVA JA.
26. Sensex interests us more than anything else.
27. Chhas is our beer!
28. We are everywhere, all over the globe – deal with it…
29. We go to movie HOLE and take outside SNAKES for refreshments.
30. Ideal gujju mom’s phone book’s last page has – agarwal modiwado,
ajanta hotel (sunday saat vagya laginej order le 6e), gupta chikki,
jyotsanaben nu tiffin, gas book maate, kaaki ni kaamvaari, patel
gadlawado, madhuben – mahila mandal, maro mobile number…
31. Towel = tooval
32. Every gujju will introduce their spouse as aa mara mr 6, ne aa mari mrs 6…
33. Mount Abu is Switzerland.
34. Mihir Virani is our Charlie Sheen.
35. Exam aave 6, beta notes JEROX karavanu bhoolto nai…
36. If a gujju starts coffee with Karan, he would name it as “Chhas
37. Boomer is not chewing gum, it is chiggum.
38. A true gujju looks forward to eat thai, mexican, italian, chinese
and undhiyu at the cousin’s wedding…
39. If u r a true gujju then your phone will have at least ten
contacts ending in the word BHAI.
40. If u don’t like jalebi-fafda, u r not a true Gujju.
41. Being Punjabi means more chapati, less rice; being Mallu means
less chapati, more rice. Being Gujju – just eat more yaar, shu farak pade 6.
42. Gujjus believe Narendra Modi is the solution for everything – from
hair style to nation’s progress.
43. Vile Parle and New Jersey feels like home – Apduj 6…
44. We will spend 1000 rupees for a 10 rupees free gifts, free ma
male, etle maja aavi jai
45. We eat home made theplas with chhundo and athanu in business class flight.
46. We can do Garba on any song in the world.
47. Falguni Pathak is Britney Spears for us
48. After having chaat, bhelpuri, sevpuri, we make sure we ask for
extra puri, and then discount.
49. Order soup 1/2, u get more quantity – be smart.
50. If its beg, edible and free, go on dude, eat it…
51. Bombay+Gujarat+London+ America = whole world. Nothing else exists for us
52. Everyone is invited to a Gujju home for lunch, and fed like u have
come from the groom’s side.
53. If all of a sudden u hear a dhoom machale ringtone or a loud
scream or a loud chit chat amongst a group, immediately assume that
you are amidst Gujjus.
54. Hindi humko jara bi nahi faata hai.
55. 15 or 50, your parents will always refer to u as their baby or babo.
56. Gujjus don’t know what chocolate is, they only know CATBURY.
57. If u dnt watch tarak mehta ka oolta chashmah u r nt a gujju yaar.
58. Ultimate Gujju gift – a ‘cover’ (envelope) with 500+1 in it.
59. We take constitution very seriously, everybody is called bhai and ben.
61. If u do not go for Navratri, u dnt exist.
62. Mango is not our national fruit only kesar n haphus is.
63. Don’t be disheartened if u don’t make it to a top B-school, if u
are a Gujju, then business is in your blood.
64. We all own Reliance… (No further comments or xplanations needed!)
65. U find something good n say “BAHU FINE 6!”
66. ‘Pope’ Music mast hoy 6.
67. We can talk about share markets, anywhere, anytime, no problem.
68. U expect a discount at the Dollar Store if u r a Gujju.
69. U consider spongebob as dhokla, if u r a Gujju.
70. Dandiya is our Prom.
71. Packing according to a 5 night 6 day holiday when going for a one
72. Time spent at a party – Dancing (10 minutes), Chitchat (10
minutes), Dinner (100 minutes).
73. ‘Sanedo’ is our Dance Anthem, if you are not on the dance floor
when it plays, you are not a Gujju.
So if I were a cat, this is what I would say to the husband:
- Just because we are in the same room, it doesn’t mean we have to talk. I know all that talk about nurturing, but silence is good enough.
- Sometimes I might lick you, or give you a pedicure, even if you don’t ask for it. It’s how I show my love, even though I am not expected to. But don’t expect it at the same time, every day. That’s what dogs do.
- We have just signed up to be together for life. Can we cut through the crap of ‘I love you’ and “You are the most important person in my life’ and ‘I don’t think I can live without you.’ May be you can do it, but I can’t. I am a cat.
- It’s fine, we are husband-wife, but each one of us is still entitled to the best spot in the bed. The only thing that matters is, who gets there first.
- We are so over the phase of being polite and entertaining random people and doing things to please others. Don’t go there.
- Sometimes, I may want to cuddle with you. At other times, I may not feel like showing up when you walk in that door. It should be cool either way.
- I may do things that are out of character, like fetch a ball, or serve you your newspaper in bed, but don’t get used to it.
- When you leave town, I get to be me. I love it. So don’t expect me to say that I miss you. That’s what lovers do. We are married.
- Two people living together is enough noise. Let’s not over-communicate.
- And please, no surprises. I hate it.
[ picked this up from Chickwit's blog. totally agree to what she said. ]
Watched the movie Kahani today. It was definitely a lovely script and executed pretty well. but the most favorite thing for me was the Ever so inspiring poem from Rabindranath Tagore. ” Ekla Cholo Re ” and the icing on the top was the deep and powerful voice of Amitabh Bachchan singing it. Totally in love with it.
I’ve heard many different version of this – from different singers. Adding them here in the list of most liked to least.
1. Amitabh bachchan
2. Kishore Kumar
3. Lopamudra Mitra
4. Usha Utthup
Which one is your favorite?
a bonus i came across while surfing. a Tagore song. in Tagore Voice. interesting one indeed. only if i could understand sung bengali as good as i could read.
Update – one more version found.
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
He called it … Father!